Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sweeps out the dust bunnies!

Okay, okay. I know. I've been gone for a while. Well... a long while. But I swear I have a good excuse. A really good one.

I went back to school. Back to college to get my bachelors. I started back in November and I'm about to finish up my first 6-month term. Everything is done online. Aside from taking my objective exams. Those I have to find a testing center. I've been doing nothing but writing papers for each of my classes. And I swear I am about to pull my hair out on some of them.
See, you don't have a professor who grades them. You have some annoymous grader who does. It all goes through this system called Taskstream. It has your classes listed and the assignments for each one. You do the assignment and then submit it to the "Taskstream god" and hope they don't kick it back to you for revisions.
Yes, revisions. You don't get a letter grade, you get a grade out of 4 points. And you can't get a 2 on any section, otherwise the grader will tell you to revise that section.
I've had history papers kicked back because I didn't write enough about a certain political thinker, because my rough draft wasn't "perfect" enough, or because I didn't discuss revision strategies in enough detail.
You get the picture. It is frustrating to have it take a paper 5-7 days to be graded only to be handed back to be revised. Then it takes an additional 5-7 days to be graded again.

So it has been pretty stressfull around here. My poor husband has heard my gripe and complain about the grading process every time I get a paper kicked back. He just rolls his eyes and goes back to whatever he is doing.

Good news did come this year though. My husband got a promotion at work. He is now the manager of one of the teams at work. No pay raise though. Just more responsibilties and more headaches. The owner did tell him that once the economy gets better that he wants to open up some satellite offices down South and my husband will be the one to head up one. I guess the owner knows how much I miss living down South and my family. I do miss living back home. No more snow, warm weather practically year round, iced sweet tea, and college football. Plus my husband wouldn't have to drive 8 hours to go deer hunting with my brother and dad.

give a man hunting and he will agree to anything.